Connecting with us at Clonakilty Wellness Week

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty Wellness Committee is delighted to have the opportunity to run another Wellness Week from Tuesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 5, 2018. This year the committee decided on the theme of ‘Connecting with Us’. There are lots of ways of connecting; through art, music, being part of your community, and through family and friends. Key to any of us connecting though is how we build relationships, whether it is with our loved ones, our friends or our community; in building our relationships, how do we sustain and nurture them?

Too often when we become vulnerable or sad we can lose that connection with people who are important to us. We create barriers and isolate ourselves, and sometimes with the best of intentions. We often push those who are close to us away.

Our community plays an important role in our wellbeing; when it is difficult for us to keep in touch with those close to us, it is important that we keep connected in other ways – by getting involved in music, art, doing volunteering work or spiritually. You can connect with people from your own home, by making a phone call or inviting a neighbour in for a cuppa and a chat, and also through media.

This year Clonakilty Wellness Committee, in partnership with the National Learning Network, will host a number of workshops over Wellness Week at different venues with art, music, talks, storytelling, knitting and more. There will also be The Friday Club’s ‘Happy Feet Walk’ (at your own pace) and a Wellness Mass with the Shared Voices of Sunshine Choir.

Most workshops are free and open to the public and two exciting workshops have already been confirmed for the festival.

The #EMERGINGPROUD workshop takes place on Thursday, May 3 from 10am in the National Learning Network premises above TSB bank. This is an introduction to a more empowering approach to mental distress, as a potential catalyst for positive transformation and is an interactive workshop for Mental Health Clinicians, Carers and Peers. After a full screening of #Emerging Proud, the grassroots social movement film, there will be a unique opportunity to ask questions LIVE to a select few subjects of the film. Ask them how they managed to ‘emerge’, transformed from their perceived mental health crises; can a breakdown really be a journey to breakthrough? Booking is essential. Email: or telephone 087 2293550 to book.

Dr Jess Lynch, an experienced GP and Wellness Coach presents ‘How Coaching Enhances Mental Wellbeing’ on May 2 from 7.30-9pm, also at the National Learning Network, Faxbridge. In this workshop you will explore what coaching is and how you can use coaching to improve your wellbeing.

The Committee is always looking for new ideas. If anyone would like to run a workshop in keeping with the theme of ‘Connecting with Us’ the committee would love them to make contact now, as it is currently putting together a full programme of events.

For more information you can contact Adrienne Adams on 087-6599526 or email:  or Theresa Tobin on 087-9652325 or email:

The full programme for Clonakilty Wellness week will be available shortly in GP surgeries, local shops and O’Donovan’s Hotel as well as on Facebook.

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